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Unique Maui Hike

by Dee Andrews

Travel for us is all about getting off the beaten path, literally. If you find yourself on Maui and looking for a hike, venture upcountry toward Polipoli State Park on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano.

There are many hikes to choose from, all offering similar scenery and differing levels of difficulty. The area was devastated by a major fire in 2007 and the trees and underbrush still show signs of the destruction. Along with the blackened trees, the fog and wild pigs make for a creepy landscape, something out of a Tim Burton movie. It only heightened the adventure and thrill of finding a new path.

Tree in the Fog | Boundary Trail on Maui

Fog Belt | Boundary Trail on Maui

Hiking the Boundary Trail on Maui

Flowers after a Fire | Boundary Trail on Maui

Pinecones on Boundary Trail on Maui

Trail Head for Boundary Trail on Maui

For trail details visit the Na Ala Hele Trail and Access System.

Directions to these Maui hikes

From Kahului, take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. The road travels through the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the Kula Forest Reserve at 6,400 elevation, where the pavement ends.

If creepy fire destroyed forests aren’t your thing, discover waterfalls and plunge pools on the Waihe’e Valley Trail, also on Maui.

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Crociera sul nilo March 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

Polipoli State Park is really extraordinary, a fascinating landscape. I’d like to visit!

Bluegreen Kirk April 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

I just love the outdoors and these pictures remind me of back home. I haven’t seen pine cones in years. Brings back memories.

Diana August 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I wish I could have found this site faster! I recently went to Hawaii and was looking for some good hiking spots but couldn’t find any that the rest of my family would enjoy. This place looks great! I’m going to try this place the next time we go. Thanks!
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Dee Andrews August 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hi Diana,

Definitely try the Maui hikes I have on Travel and Travails. At least you have reasons to go back… like you needed them!

Aloha, Dee

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